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INLD chief expels grandsons Dushyant, Digvijay Chautala

first_imgIndian National Lok Dal president Om Prakash Chautala on Friday expelled Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Singh Chautala from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect for indulging in “indiscipline”.Mr. Dushyant, who is the INLD MP from the Hisar Lok Sabha seat, has also been removed from the post of leader of the INLD Parliamentary Board. Mr. Digvijay headed the Indian National Students’ Organisation, the students’ wing of INLD, which has already been dissolved. Both Mr. Dushyant and Mr. Digvijay, who are sons of INLD State secretary general Ajay Singh Chautala, were accused of indulging in indiscipline, hooliganism and spreading disaffection within the party and against the party leadership during the birth anniversary celebrations of Chaudhary Devi Lal at Gohana on October 7.A statement released by the party said: “Mr. Om Prakash has conveyed to the party office that he did not need any outside evidence as he was a witness to the indiscipline and unruly scenes that continuously interrupted his speech on that day. But still he referred the matter to the disciplinary action committee of the party.”“The committee has concluded that both are guilty as charged,” said the statement.The statement said that since Mr. Dushyant and Mr. Digvijay were members of his immediate family, it was not an easy decision for Mr. Om Prakash to take. ‘Party chosen over kin’It added that Mr. Om Prakash had to make a choice between the party and members of his family, and he had chosen the party and decided to concur with the conclusions of the disciplinary committee. “Accordingly, he had instructed the party office that his decision be immediately put into effect,” the statement added.last_img read more

Black athletes in 1980s, 90s not outspoken, but not silent

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding It took until 2016 for Jordan to finally speak out strongly on a social issue by condemning the killing of black men at the hands of police, writing in a column published by The Undefeated website.Woods said this week that throughout America’s history, blacks have struggled.“A lot of different races have had struggles, and obviously the African Americans here in this country have had their share of struggles,” Woods said. “Obviously has it gotten better, yes, but I still think there’s room for more improvement.”The mold of the public activist — the person who is willing to lead but also willing to lose everything for a cause — doesn’t fit everyone, said Harry Edwards, a scholar of race and sports who has worked as a consultant for several U.S. pro teams.Some guys are fine “picking up a paycheck” because they don’t want to be bothered, Edwards said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum During the 1995-96 season, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf began stretching or staying in the locker room during the national anthem. Abdul-Rauf was suspended for one game. But at season’s end, despite averaging 19.2 points and 6.8 assists, he was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Sacramento Kings. And when his contract expired two years later, he couldn’t get a tryout and was out of the league at age 29.Those protests, some say, may not represent the most radical actions of black athletes of the time, which were in the boardrooms, not on the streets.Jordan built a brand that turned him into a Nike powerhouse, where he brought African-American businessmen and women up the ladder with him, before becoming the first black sports billionaire with his NBA team ownership of the Charlotte Hornets.Magic Johnson, in addition to building a business empire, spoke out passionately about the HIV/AIDS crisis after contracting the disease. The NFL’s Man of the Year award was long named for Walter Payton, who pushed organ donation into the public limelight in his native Chicago and around the country through his foundation while advocating for minority ownership in professional football.Mike Glenn, a 10-year NBA veteran who played from 1977-87 and member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association board of directors, believes how those first black millionaires went about their business helped build the foundation that allows athletes to speak out today.“I think all of them were aware of backlash,” said Glenn, a collector of documents on African American history and culture . “They were aware that if you say certain things it may hurt your brand, or may hurt your ability to do things or that maybe even the league would take a different look at you. I think it was an insecurity of their position regardless of how much success they had.”Jordan and other iconic athletes of that period established the power of individual sports brands, a transitional platform Glenn believes athletes benefit from today.“LeBron has took what Michael had,” Glenn said, “and taken it a step further.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Nash, Kidd among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img FILE – In this March 15, 1996, file photo, Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf stands with his teammates and prays during the national anthem before the game with the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. During the 1995-96 season, Abdul-Rauf began stretching or staying in the locker room during the national anthem. He was suspended for one game. But at season’s end, despite averaging 19.2 points and 6.8 assists, he was traded from the Nuggets to the Sacramento Kings. And when his contract expired two years later, he couldn’t get a tryout and was out of the league at age 29. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves.Who didn’t want to be like Mike?ADVERTISEMENT “But that’s fine, because that has always been there,” he said. “That was there during slavery. Nat Turner comes and says, ‘Hey, let’s run away. Let’s get some guns. Let’s get some machetes, and let’s fight for our freedom.’ And you always have someone say, ‘You kidding me?’”Dominique Wilkins, an NBA Hall of Famer known as the “Human Highlight Film” for his thunderous, acrobatic dunks during the 1980s and ‘90s, believes social media have amplified athletes’ voices — and the Twitter-less past did not offer sports stars the soap boxes they have now.“We didn’t have a platform because it wasn’t that type of media around,” Wilkins said. “You had the normal, everyday media, but you didn’t have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, you didn’t have any of that.”Wilkins, 58, said people are completely off base when they say his generation didn’t do anything or care about what was happening in their communities and in the world.“We grew up in a different era. We were born in the civil rights era. I remember when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated,” said Wilkins, an NBA analyst for Atlanta Hawks games for Fox SportsSouth. “People who say we didn’t care don’t know what they’re talking about. … We cared. We were a part of it, so we cared.“Our parents lived it. Our grandparents lived it. How can we not care?”The activism of the time was different, said sports historian Victoria Jackson, who works in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.Behind the scenes, superstar athletes worked in their communities and with schools — without making their activities known or asking for publicity for their time. Millions of dollars went to schools like historically black colleges and universities — as well as other deserving charities including social justice charities — without public acknowledgment, Jackson said.“While we might have seen a decline in athletes voicing strong opinions publicly about systemic racism, police brutality, criminal justice and education and residential and workplace reform, and perhaps the growth of endorsements contributed to this, I would suspect — if we did a little digging — we’d find countless stories of athletes doing work in the space of social justice and that this is the constant theme in the long historical arc,” she said.There were some who spoke loudly. A dashiki-wearing point guard Craig Hodges, Jordan’s teammate on the Chicago Bulls, presented then-President George H. W. Bush with a letter in 1991, urging more concern for African-Americans during one of the Bulls’ championship trips to the White House. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But those fortunate black athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods did not, for the most part, use their celebrity to speak out. Most were silent on issues like the crack epidemic, apartheid in South Africa, the racial tensions exposed by the O.J. Simpson trial and the police brutality that set off the Rodney King riots.Of course, there were exceptions — more, perhaps, than are generally remembered. And the times and the media of those times did not necessarily lend themselves to protest. But while Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali once stood up— and more recently, Colin Kaepernick , Lebron James, Serena Williams and others would not back down — black athletes of the ’80s and ’90s were known mostly for playing games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It seems to me that we need to rethink how we define ‘activism’ since black athletes certainly were involved in various social causes during that era. Anecdotally, I think about them donating to various scholarship funds and participating in ’say no to drugs” campaigns,’” said Johnny Smith, who is the Julius C. “Bud” Shaw Professor of Sports, Society, and Technology at Georgia Tech. “That’s certainly a form of activism. However, on the whole, the most prominent black male athletes were not confrontational or outspoken.”When Harvey Gantt took on conservative Republican Sen. Jesse Helms in 1990, Jordan — the undisputed superstar athlete of his time — refused to support the black Democrat in his native North Carolina, reportedly saying Republicans buy shoes, too. Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_img– Enjoyment factor – – Enjoyment factor -==================== Apart from a “rusty” 48 in a Sydney club game in February, Clarke said he had hardly played or even watched any cricket this year. “I dont think its new,” he said, when asked about the trend of players turning to T20 after international cricket.”I think of Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin — all these guys have been doing it for years.”It just seems to be a little bit bigger because Im involved.”Clarke, who became a father in November and runs a cricket academy in Sydney, said he was busier than ever since retiring.After years of pain, he said he had changed his physical regime to improve his general wellbeing, rather than his cricket, but he hoped his fitness wouldnt be a factor this weekend.”I havent done it for cricket, Ive done it for my day-to-day life. Its a nice feeling to be able to put your shoes and socks on in the morning with no pain,” he said.”I havent looked at it in a cricket sense, to be honest. Its more about bending down to pick up my daughter with no pain, carry my daughter around for an hour if we go for a walk with no pain.”He added: “Im excited, I feel fit and healthy so it (Hong Kong) wont be about my fitness. It will be more about the enjoyment factor and if I like being out there and playing in that competitive spirit.” AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Ankita Raina through to semi-finals in Luan

first_imgIndia’s Ankita Raina quelled a strong challenge from lower-ranked Eudice Wong Chong to make it to the singles semifinals of the USD 60,000 ITF women’s event here Friday.The second seeded Indian, ranked 175, came back from a one-set deficit to beat her Hong Kong rival 2-6 6-4 7-5 in a nearly two-hour long quarter-final.It turned out to be a very close game, with Ankita winning 88 points, just two more than Eudice, ranked 497.They broke each other seven times in the match.”It was a tough match, happy that I pulled off this one. In first set she started well and was not missing much. When I moved her around, I started coming back, so I persisted with the strategy,” Ankita said from Luan.”She played really well. I enjoyed the match and was in control in second and third sets,” the 26-year-old added.Ankita now has a chance to make her third final of the season as she faces seventh seed Chinese Shuyue Ma.The gritty Indian had won a USD 25k event in Singapore and ended runner-up at a USD 60k tournament in Istanbul.Also Read | World number one Naomi Osaka exits Madrid Openlast_img read more

I will be fit before the Indian Premier League, says Prithvi Shaw

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 20:23 IST Prithvi Shaw has been retained by Delhi Capitals for Indian Premier League’s 12th season (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw is recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in AustraliaShaw twisted his ankle while fielding in a warm-up game ahead of the first Test in AustraliaShaw had played 9 matches in the IPL last year scoring 245 runsRecovering from an ankle injury that forced him out of the Australia tour, Prithvi Shaw revealed he will be fit in time for the 12th season of Indian Premier League. Prithvi Shaw, 19, suffered the injury in Australia before the start of the four-match Test series.”I will be fit before the Indian Premier League and I am trying hard to reach full fitness. I am working on my ankle as well as on my upper body,” Shaw told India TV.Shaw has been retained by Delhi Capitals for what will be his second season.He had twisted his ankle while fielding in the deep during India’s practice match ahead of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.Having stayed on with the team hoping to be fit for the second Test in Perth, Shaw was eventually ruled out of the remainder of the series and sent back home for an extensive rehabilitation programme.Recalling the injury, he said, “We were playing the practice match in Sydney ahead of the first Test. I was standing at deep mid-wicket and Ash bhai [R Ashwin] was bowling and a catch came towards me. I caught the ball while jumping backwards in the air and my body weight fell on my left foot when I landed.”It was a bit uneven there and my ankle got twisted 90 degrees and the entire body-weight fell on that. That’s how it happened.”Efforts were then on to get the batsman fit for the series but the severity of the injury dashed his hopes.advertisement”I was trying hard to play in the second Test and the physios too were trying to get me fit for the match. However, the more they tried, the swelling increased and it got more painful.”It was an unfortunate incident and you can’t really do anything about that. It was my wish to play in the challenging conditions in Australia. I love the bounce there. But unfortunately, I suffered a leg injury. But that’s okay, I am very happy that India won the Test series. It can’t get better than this.”I got full support of the team at that time because I was very disappointed with the injury. I had practised hard for the tour and had many things in my mind that I thought I would do there. So, it was disheartening. But yeah, now I am happy that we won the series.”Shaw has had a record-breaking start to his Test career as he aggregated 237 runs in three innings at an average of 118.50 against the West Indies.Also Read | Virat Kohli, India stay No.1 in Test rankings, Rishabh Pant breaks into top-20Also Read | Virat Kohli’s India no different to what the West Indies were in the 80s: Dean JonesAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanAlso Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Prithvi ShawFollow Indian Premier League I will be fit before the Indian Premier League, says Prithvi ShawPrithvi Shaw suffered an ankle injury in Australia before the start of the four-match Test series Down Under. India won 2-1 to register their first-ever Test series victory in Australia.advertisementlast_img read more

Medical Databases Available Through Public Libraries

first_imgFinding accurate, up-to-date medical information is a mouse click away for Nova Scotians. Public libraries now offer free access to the Cochrane Library, a collection of databases in medicine and other health-care specialties that summarize and interpret the results of high-quality medical research. The results of clinical trials, assessments in health-care technology and medical reviews are readily available in a plain-language format. The Cochrane Library can be accessed at public libraries or remotely through library websites for those with a valid library card. “I am pleased that our public libraries have been involved in bringing the Cochrane Library to Nova Scotians. This is just one example of the innovative services accessible through our public libraries,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “Nova Scotians can access reliable health-care information that is easily understood from the comfort and privacy of their homes.” Access to the Cochrane Library for all Nova Scotians is provided and licensed by the Atlantic Health Knowledge Partnership, an association between health and academic libraries and Nova Scotia’s public libraries. “The Cochrane Library is built on the partnership between health-care providers and their patients. We are delighted to expand access to the Cochrane Library to all Nova Scotians,” said Patrick Ellis, chair of the Atlantic Health Knowledge Partnership. The library’s collection of databases was previously available only to health practitioners, but is now accessible to more than two billion people in 15 countries, including two other Canadian provinces and three territories. It is administered by the Cochrane Consortium, an independent, international not-for-profit organization. More than one-third of Nova Scotians are active library users. Individuals who do not have a library card can apply for one at a local library or online. See the website at for branch information.last_img read more

Jude Law Takes To The Stage At Refugee Camp In France

first_imgOn Sunday 21st February 2016, Jude Law, Juliet Stevenson, Tom Odell, Sir Tom Stoppard, Matt Berry, Shappi Khorsandi and Toby Jones alongside a number of displaced refugees, took to the stage to perform a one off Letters Live performance in association with Good Chance at the refugee camp in Calais, France.Barbak (a refugee), Jude Law, Shappi Khorsandi and Toby Jones at the Good Chance theatre in the Calais CampCredit/Copyright: Help RefugeesThe performance was held in aid of Help Refugees, a humanitarian organisation providing much of the aid on the ground, and took place at Good Chance Theatre, a temporary theatre based in the Jungle which offers a varied programme of art, theatre and music events.Ten letters from the renowned Letters Live series were staged alongside new writing penned and performed by refugees currently living in the jungle, read in English and translated into Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu and Kurdish. There was live music from the the camp’s most popular rappers and musicians, as well as Tom Odell, Maria Friedman and Adrian der Gregorian who rounded off the event.The show included a reading of a letter to David Cameron which was delivered earlier this week as well as Ghandi’s letter to Hitler ‘For the sake of humanity’ and ‘We Are Just Ordinary People’ a letter from a refugee to the people of Europe.Juliet Stevenson read her heartfelt message to the refugees saying: “You have already made incredible journeys to get here, journeys that required strength and courage that we can only dream of possessing. I am so ashamed of the Europe that has refused you and of the politicians who have failed you. They do not speak for us. There is another Europe, which will fight on your behalf, and where you will always be welcome.”Liz Clegg, a British volunteer who runs the makeshift Women and Children’s Centre in the camp read a letter to one of the young unaccompanied boys she cares for, telling him of her fears for him, adding “I can’t promise to solve this, but I am trying…I will fight to the bitter end to keep you safe”.Performed to an audience of around 200 refugees the unique and unprecedented event was mounted two days before the proposed official eviction of more than 3500 people from the southern section of the Calais camp, which is being challenged by Help Refugees, L’Auberge des Migrants and several other organisations on the ground in the French courts, with a hearing set for Tuesday in Lille at 2pm.The section of the camp which is due to be demolished is largely occupied by unaccompanied children and families. A recent census conducted by L’Auberge des Migrants & Help Refugees found over 3,000 people and more than 440 children living in this section of the camp, 291 of which are unaccompanied. Over 100 of the unaccompanied children are currently being helped by Citizens UK to claim their legal right to be reunited with their families in the UK.Letters Live, Good Chance, Help Refugees and Citizens UK hope that today’s performance will raise awareness of the plight facing these refugees.Speaking of their experience,Jude Law said: “It’s our responsibility as humans to look after our children. The children in the camp at Calais need us. It isn’t a big ask. It is simply the right thing to do.”Taj, a Afghani refugee from the camp who performed at the event said: “We are not soldiers, we are not politicians, we are not terrorists. We are ordinary people who want to live a peaceful life. Please open your hearts and borders to us, and help to end the war.”Sir Tom Stoppard and Sabrina Stoppard said: “An inspiring and humbling day, a wonderful day and we regret to say, shaming too.”Tom Odell said: “Today was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life. Something needs to be done.”Help Refugees said: “We are overwhelmed by the level of support from everyone coming together today in a show of solidarity to highlight the plight facing the refugees in Calais and Dunkirk. The bulldozing of the camp must be postponed until the children have adequate and safe alternatives, which are currently not on offer. We would like to thank Letters Live, all the British artists who performed, Good Chance, and most of all the refugees who took part in today.”Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson of the Good Chance Theatre said: “Today was an example of the energy that can be produced if we work together. This is an unjust set of circumstances. Children should not live like this in any country of the world. We want this day to draw deserved attention to the situation these people find themselves in. It was a pleasure to work with Help Refugees, Citizens UK and Letters Live to achieve this moment.”Earlier this week Letters Live, Help Refugees, Citizens UK and Good Chance delivered a letter to David Cameron calling for urgent action to delay the demolition of the southern part of the camp to allow time for intervention to ensure adequate protection of the camps refugee children. More than 110,000 people including over 150 public figures have now signed this letter.Find out more here.Source:Help Refugeeslast_img read more

Hospital Foundation Chair confirms departure of Executive Director

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors has confirmed that Executive Director Jennifer Moore is no longer with the Foundation.Foundation Board Chair Chris Maundrell confirmed today that Moore is no longer employed as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Maundrell did not give a reason for why Moore is no longer with the organization, saying that the Foundation’s Board will be issuing a press release “when the time is correct.” He added that the release would likely be issued in the next week or two.Moore was announced as the Foundation’s Executive Director less than a year ago. At the time, she also served as the Regional Economic Development Officer at the North Peace Economic Development Commission. The Commission announced last year that it would be ceasing operations on December 31, 2017. Moore’s last announcement with the organization came less than a week ago, when it was announced that the Hospital Foundation had brought in over $1 million in donations during the last fiscal year. The Foundation had set a goal of raising $650,000 during the 2017/18 fiscal year, an amount it exceeded by over $350,000.last_img read more

EuropeIndia trade pact threatens medicines for millions of poor – UN expert

“The EU-India draft FTA, as it stands, places trade interests over human rights,” UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Anand Grover said in a news release.“Millions in the developing world depend on India for generic medicines at affordable costs. Restriction of generic drug production in India will have a devastating public health impact around the world and adversely affect the right to health of millions of patients.”He notes that India can now provide low-cost generic medicines thanks to its intellectual property laws that allow for local generic production of safe and efficacious medicines, but available leaked texts of the draft FTA contain intellectual property provisions that go beyond current obligations.“If the intellectual property provisions remain in the FTA as drafted, the production of generic medicines in India will be severely hampered,” Mr. Grover said. “As a result, millions of people in India and around the world may not be able to access to necessary, life-saving and life-prolonging medicines.“People living with HIV would be disproportionately affected, because the majority of antiretroviral treatments used to treat HIV around the world are provided through generic medicines produced in India.”Among provisions jeopardizing medicine supplies, he cited data exclusivity, which prevents a country’s drug regulatory authority from relying on test data submitted by a first entrant to approve subsequent generic versions of the medicine for a specified time. The introduction of data exclusivity has been shown to delay and restrict market entry of generic medicines and, as a result, increase prices and reduce access to medicines.The draft also calls for stronger intellectual property enforcement and border control measures. Border seizures of non-infringing goods in Europe over the past few years have demonstrated how such provisions have delayed access to medicines for patients in other developing countries.Furthermore, the draft contains ‘investment provisions’ that would effectively result in a State’s having to pay compensation for expropriation of property, where it has used such legal steps as compulsory licensing. Such provisions would obviously deter a State from using increasing access to medicines.The UN Committee on Economic, Cultural, and Social Rights stresses that State parties must respect the enjoyment of the right to health in other countries, and take steps to ensure that international agreements do not infringe or adversely impact on the right to health.Mr. Grover, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, said the draft therefore may not be in compliance with this stipulation and other international instruments on the right to health.“Provisions pertaining to intellectual property in the draft FTA should be urgently reconsidered,” he urged. 10 December 2010A draft free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and India could deprive millions of people in the developing world of life-saving and life-prolonging medicines, particularly the HIV-infected, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today, calling for its urgent revision. read more

TSX rises snapping a threeday losing streak as oil rallies

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed solidly higher Tuesday as rising commodity prices helped stem three days of heavy losses.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 74.38 points at 14,817.71 following an almost 214-point drop Monday. In all, Canada’s largest stock exchange gave back more than 400 points over the three-day stretch that began with a 135-point drop last Thursday.On commodity markets, the July crude contract gained $2 to US$60.14 a barrel and the energy sector was the leading advancer on the TSX, up 1.76 per cent.July copper added almost two cents to US$2.71 a pound, and the metals and mining sector rose 1.73 per cent. August gold gained $4 to US$1,177.60 an ounce, but the sector was the worst performer on the index, down more than 1.6 per cent at the TSX close.The loonie, buoyed by the rise in oil prices, gained 0.34 of a U.S. cent to 81 cents.In New York, markets were relatively flat, with the Dow Jones industrial average finishing 2.51 points lower at 17,764.04 and the Nasdaq down 7.76 points at 5,013.87. The S&P 500 gained 0.87 of a point to 2,080.15.American markets have trended lower over the last few weeks amid a number of concerns, including speculation about when the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. Historically low rates have been credited with providing liquidity that has helped fuelled market gains since the Great Recession.A solid jobs report last Friday indicated that the American economy has recovered from its winter slump, leading to suggestions that the Fed will raise its benchmark sooner rather than later.More clarity on the issue may emerge when the American central bank meets next week.Good news on the jobs front continued Tuesday as the U.S. Labor Department reported that American employers advertised more job openings in April than at any time in the 15 years that it has tracked such data.The number of open jobs at the end of April jumped 5.2 per cent to 5.4 million. The figure suggests that employers anticipate stronger customer demand in the months ahead and that this year’s steady hiring to date will likely continue.On Friday, the government had said U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs in May after a healthy gain in April. Average hourly wages also ticked up.Tuesday’s figures show “the bigger than expected gain in employment in May was no fluke,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics. “Labour market conditions are strengthening and wage growth will accelerate further.”In other economic news, the Commerce Department said U.S. wholesalers boosted stockpiles in April by the largest amount since January, up 0.4 per cent over March, while their sales surged at the fastest pace in 13 months, up 1.6 per cent after falling in March.An increase in inventories can be an indication of rising business optimism as companies restock empty store shelves in anticipation of stronger demand. read more

Beachy Head chemical haze mystery deepens as police say gas not from

first_imgEastbourne Hospital People stand on a cliff at Beachy Head amidst mist, near EastbourneCredit:Louisa Neale /Reuters Scientists suggested the haze had instead come from shipping in The Channel or had blown from further along the English coast.The haze had dispersed by Monday morning and police lifted an order for residents around the Eastbourne area to stay inside and close their windows.Thousands of visitors are expected to travel to the area as the Bank Holiday sees some of the hottest weather of the year. The RNLI said that “possibly some kind of gaseous fumes” had drifted over the scene and a significant number of people on cliff tops had been struck down with symptoms including irritation, sore eyes and vomiting.East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said there had been a “hazardous cloud moving across from Birling Gap to the Eastbourne area”. By 10.30pm 233 patients had been treated at Eastbourne District General Hospital where they were being “decontaminated on site” by hospital staff. Fears from the coastguard that people could be trapped on the beach saw the RNLI launch all-weather lifeboats from Eastbourne and Newhaven to the Birling Gap area. 233 people were treated at the local hospitalCredit:Eddie Mitchell  Birling Gap is evacuated after reports that chlorine gas has been leaked affecting people in the area. Credit:@Kyle_Crickmore/Twitter Members of the public are advised by Fire Service to stay indoors and shut windows if you are in the Eastbourne area. (2/2)— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) August 27, 2017 Mist could be seen in the areaCredit:Reuters Kyle Crickmore, who had been enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend sunshine at the beach with his family, tweeted: “Some sort of chemical incident at Birling Gap, eyes are streaming and there’s a strong smell of chlorine in the air.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He had finished swimming when his eyes started stinging. He looked around and saw everyone on the beach also rubbing their eyes and coughing in what he described as “all sorts of strange behaviour”.He told BBC News: “Then looking out towards the water, there was just this crazy foggy haze rolling in off the sea out of nowhere. It was definitely out of the ordinary considering it was a nice clear sunny day 10 minutes beforehand.”It was stupidly busy and it was a boiling hot day. It emptied in about 10 minutes which was quite staggering considering the amount of people who were there.”The beachfront is popular with dog walkers and is a busy spot for tourists and locals enjoying the bank holiday sunshine.Dan Sankey wrote on Twitter: “Beautiful afternoon at Birling Gap cut short by some weird mist, burning everyone’s eyes which led to the beach and cliff being evacuated.”Sameer Jadhav tweeted: “Birling Gap some weird gas leak. People crying. Ambulances called. Don’t go to Birling Gap at the moment”.The effects felt by those caught in the cloud “prompted emergency services to warn people to stay away from the beaches and to keep doors and windows closed if living near the coast”. The mystery over a noxious chemical haze that drifted ashore along the Sussex coast and put scores in hospital has deepened as police have said it is unlikely to have come from France.Around 150 people needed hospital treatment for burning eyes, vomiting and sore throats after the mystery gas came ashore near Beachy Head on Sunday afternoon. Beachy Head Lighhouse is surrounded by mist near Eastbourne,  Sussex Police said: “Neither the gas nor its source have been established, but agencies are continuing to investigate and have not ruled out either onshore or offshore locations, although it does appear that it did sweep in from the sea driven by onshore breezes. Specialist teams worked to decontaminate patientsCredit:Eddie Mitchell  The Met Office scientists are helping police try to determine the source of the haze. Winds in the Channel on Sunday had been light and variable with some fog banks. A spokesman said a pocket of low-lying cold air had been covered by a blanket of warmer air in a phenomenon known as a temperature inversion. The phenomenon can mean that pollution becomes trapped and does not disperse.The spokesman said: “There’s a possibility that it’s something from a ship in the Channel and also the possibility that it came from the English Coast.”In 2013, residents along the south coast complained after cloud of foul-smelling but harmless gas has leaked from a factory in north-west France.The leak was blamed on a chemical factory near Rouen releasing mercaptan, which is added to natural gas to give it a smell.The haze apparently reached land at Birling Gap at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon. Eastbourne Hospital where people were treated “However, weather models suggest that an onshore source in northern France is very unlikely.” Birling Gap is evacuated after reports that chlorine gas has been leaked affecting people in the area.  A senior officer said on Sunday there had been previous incidents when “stuff has come across from industrial units in France.”But officers on Monday said wind patterns suggested the cloud had not come from the Continent. Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire Service are dealing with an incident in the Birling Gap area. (1/2)— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) August 27, 2017  People stand on a cliff at Beachy Head amidst mist, near Eastbourne Sussex Police said: “People living along the coast in the area have been advised to keep doors and windows shut and to move away from the Birling Gap area in particular.”last_img read more

Miner busted with unlicenced gun ammo

According to the police, a resident of Mongripper Hill, Bartica, Region 7, was yesterday afternoon arrested and taken into custody for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.Police acting on information went to Honey Camp Backdam, Middle Mazaruni about 17:00hrs and conducted a search on the thirty-four year old miner and found an unlicenced .32 pistol with two (2) live matching rounds.He is being processed for Court Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner busted with unlicenced gun, ammoMarch 10, 2018In “Crime”Miner busted in interior with unlicenced firearm, ammoJanuary 12, 2019In “Crime”Mazaruni miners busted with unlicenced firearm, ammoFebruary 28, 2017In “Crime” read more

Urban beauties Incredible view of cities from space

first_img IN THE PAST, we’ve posted some incredible views of Earth’s most breathtaking natural features from the European Space Agency (ESA), which has been observing the Earth with satellites for decades.It turns out that natural features aren’t the only thing that the ESA has seen from space — they’ve turned their lenses on some of Earth’s most iconic cities as well.The ESA has launched some of the most advanced Earth-observation satellites ever, including the Envistat, which circled the Earth from 2002 until 2012.Every week, the ESA releases a new image — plucked from the huge pool of Envistat and other satellite images — on their website. WeWork cofounder Rebekah Neumann, cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow, reportedly demanded employees be fired within minutes of meeting them because she disliked their ‘energy’ Amid Snap’s struggles as a public company, CEO Evan Spiegel gives this advice to founders: ‘Don’t go public’ (SNAP) Just 13% of Americans would support US military going to war over Saudi oil field attack I’ve only been using the new Apple Watch Series 5 for a few hours, but I can already tell its new display is going to be a game-changer (AAPL) last_img read more

Suspected Terrorists Have Been Detained in Suriname

first_img No apology, UK feels justified and compared SIPT threats to terrorism Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSuriname, July 28, 2017 – Paramaribo – Authorities in Suriname have confirmed that police have arrested several individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. Among the five suspects, believed to be Muslim, who were detained on Sunday at several locations, are two Dutch nationals, reportedly two brothers. It is the first time ever that individuals have been arrested on suspicion of terrorist activities in Suriname.Recently the country’s Criminal Code was amended to cover terrorism and financing of terrorism. Sources indicate that one of the suspects is the son-in-law of Ronnie Brunswijk, a Member of Parliament. Brunswijk confirmed that his daughter, who was riding in the same car as the suspects, was also arrested, but has since been released.In an official statement, The Ministry of Justice and Police have claimed that so far there is no indication that the suspects were targeting a specific embassy or foreign interest.Officials from the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Netherlands have also responded to the reports, saying that so far they have no information about the arrested Dutch suspects.“We are trying to find out what is going on, as it is currently a Surinamese investigation,” a spokesperson told Dutch media.The national office of the Public Prosecutor is also unaware of what is happening in Suriname. NOT FOLLOWERS, DON’T PANICcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, dutch, netherlands, Suriname, terrorism, terroristslast_img read more

Mobile Action Codes Increased 439 Percent in Top 100 Mags Last Year

first_imgSource: Nellymoser, Inc. Mobile action codes, which include 2D barcodes, QR codes, Microsoft Tags and watermarks, have seen a tremendous uptake in magazine media in the last year. According to a recent study by mobile marketing firm Nellymoser, the top 100 magazines by circulation increased usage of the codes by 439 percent between the first and fourth quarters.According to the study, there were 352 codes appearing in the top 100 titles in Q1, which increased to 1,899 in Q4—a total of 4,468 action codes appeared during the year. Advertisers accounted for the vast majority of the codes—4,011—and by September the ratio of advertiser codes to editorial codes was 25:1. Interestingly, editorial codes changed from video extensions of magazine features to sweepstakes-oriented programs. Among other findings, by December 1 out of every 12 magazine ad pages had an action code. QR codes and Microsoft Tags dominated at 97 percent of all codes in the fourth quarter of 2011—but QR codes were by far the most popular at 72 percent of all used. Microsoft Tags were the more popular format for editorial use.Video, opt-in/sweeps and social media were the top three post-scan engagements, and Nellymoser notes that it’s rare now for a code to send a user to a standard, desktop website. Experiences are increasingly mobile-oriented. Almost 40 percent of action codes used by advertisers were in the beauty, home and fashion markets. Among the magazines featuring the codes, the top 10 accounted for 28 percent of all codes, and within the top 10, most of the codes appeared within women’s magazines. The full study is here.last_img read more

4 Hurt As Houston City Bus Swerves To Avoid Car Hits House

first_img Share Twitter via @fox26houstonFour people have been hurt after a Houston city bus ran off a street and into a house.Witnesses say the driver of the Houston Metro bus swerved to avoid a car that ran through a stop sign, over-corrected and then slammed into the home on the city’s southeast side.The driver and three passengers aboard the bus Sunday evening were taken to a hospital. None of the injuries is consider life-threatening.No one was inside the home at the time.Nearly the front third of the bus wound up burrowed into the single-story house, which sustained serious structural damage.last_img read more

Remember Valves Steam Machines

first_imgStay on target Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to Mobile‘We. The Revolution’ Is ‘Ace Attorney’ With More… Valve is one of the undisputed kings of PC gaming. It didn’t claim that throne through weird eugenics memes but through intelligent business practices and a sterling record of quality products. Valve operates at such a high level that the dude the company hired to help with economics only left to go help turn Greece around. Valve is even responsible for some of the dankest Shrek content out there! And when Gabe Newell and friends do screw up, they quickly right the ship. Steam’s launch wasn’t perfect, but it’s now a de facto monopoly for PC game digital distribution. Meanwhile, is something totally different.But what happens when Valve fails and instead of fixing the problem the company just lets it fade away? If you don’t know what I’m talking about let me bring up a product you probably haven’t thought about in over a year. Remember Steam Machines?Valve’s master plan to disrupt the gaming console market first came to light in 2012. That’s when, after months of speculation, the company confirmed it was considering making a line of gaming PCs meant to be played at home combining the ease of consoles with the power and flexibility of computers. It was exciting news. If any company had the power to totally upend the existing, post-Microsoft hardware status quo, it was Valve.In the years following news slowly but surely trickled out. Valve (in)famously loves to take its time with its work. Fortunately, the Steam Machine remained a real thing, not vaporware like the aptly named Phantom console or a cruel dream like Half-Life 3. We saw the Steam Controller get revised in real time, adding and dropping new features like touchscreens and thumb-sized mouse surfaces alongside traditional sticks and buttons.As for the console itself, it turned out that Steam Machines would be a variety of systems from different manufacturers like Alienware and Origin and Maingear built according to Valve’s specifications. Again, the idea of bringing PC gaming norms like this into the console space was potentially revolutionary. Want to build a $10,000 super powerful Steam Machine? You can. Want to build a way more affordable Steam Machine? You can. Want to cram a Steam Machine into a tablet? Nothing could stop you.Finally, in late 2015, the first wave of Steam hardware hit the market. I even flew to Seattle to check out the gear in person. You can read my reviews of the Steam Machine console and the Steam Controller (as well as Will’s review of the Steam Link) for more details, but the reality of Steam Machines unfortunately didn’t match the dream. And you can’t say that too often about Valve products.Where to start. The controller is a cool idea but has a distractingly low build quality. The actual performance of the machine isn’t worth the price. With gaming consoles already arguably too similar to PCs, a gaming PC hooked up to your television isn’t actually that novel. A Steam Link streaming setup combined with Steam Big Picture mode on your existing computer is in fact a better, more convenient solution.Finally, the Steam Machine’s Achilles Heel is that it only supports games that run on Linux. Trying to encourage more support for the open-source operating system is certainly admirable. However, the rest of the PC game development community doesn’t have the same animosity for Microsoft that Gabe Newell does. So the Steam games that only run on Windows, the vast majority of Steam games, do not work with Steam Machines, a fatal blow for the new console initiative.Still, despite these initial challenges and reportedly low sales, Valve could have kept tinkering with the Steam Machine concept. It could refresh the hardware, it could’ve reached out to more manufacturers, and if sales picked up surely, it could have gotten more developers to create Linux versions of their games. But instead, in the year or so following the Steam Machine launch, Valve seems to have just abandoned the project.Granted, it’s easy to see why Valve was quick to move on. Its next hardware initiative was the Vive virtual reality headset made in partnership with HTC. Unlike Steam Machines, the Vive seemed poised to immediately stand out in its highly anticipated product category. Even before they launched, Steam Machines were beginning to look like an afterthought. The Vive is also arguably the best virtual reality headset on the market compared to rivals like Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Steam Machines weren’t a threat to rival consoles or gaming PCs.Even if the move made sense from both a financial and quality control standpoint, Valve’s swift abandonment of Steam Machines reflects what I think is a negative habit of the beloved company. Cutting your losses is all well and good but it’s possible to overdo it.Multiplayer games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 (a sequel to a mod of a game Valve didn’t even make) making a ton of money isn’t an excuse to stop making fantastic single-player games in treasured franchises like Half-Life and Portal. Royalties from sales of other companies’ games also bringing in record profit shouldn’t be an excuse to stop making your own games all together. Even if it’s technically “worth it” eroding hard-earned fan goodwill is not worth it for a company with fans so devoted they call the CEO “Lord.”Maybe Valve’s brain trust will once again prove how much smarter it is compared to the rest of us and stealthily release new Steam Machines that turn the hardware into must-own gaming products. But if that doesn’t happen, always keep Steam Machines in mind as a rare but important example of Valve’s fallibility. So when Gaben announces plans for a superior, Valve-powered, alternative internet that sounds too good to be true, listen to the winds whisper, “Steam Machines.”last_img read more

Put on your dancing shoes

first_imgThe dancer who has participated in reality shows such as So You Think You Can Dance was here on a five day dance workshop in the city. ‘I was invited here to coach talented young dancers and am pretty amazed at the immense potential. I believe budding dancers in India have immense potential to master western dance forms,’says Chbeeb. Chbeeb who has been invited by a city-based group Big Dance Centre, to coach students with hip-hop moves says, ‘‘What impresses me is how passionate students are about learning various dance forms. They also have good exposure here.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On his first trip to India, Chbeeb is captivated with Indian classical dance forms and bollywood dance style.‘Unlike many other classical dance forms, Indian dances are more organic; the movements aren’t linear. With broader musical range emphasis is laid on rounded steps and expressions,’ he adds.The dancer who originally belongs to Texas says he began dancing at the age of fifteen with no formal training.This self-taught dancer instantly fell in love with hip-hop dance for it seemed so unnatural to him. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis began formal dance training began only with ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, one of the most popular dance shows in America.Previously, he had auditioned for both season 3 and 4 but it was only in season 5, auditions for which had kicked off in the year 2008, that Chbeeb excelled.Despite all odds faced in previous seasons Chbeeb made it to the top rung in season 5, which was when his popularity in the US soared leaps and bounds.‘I had never received formal training before this show which indeed helped me assimilate more and learn from the masters,’ he says. Chbeeb believes that to be a good dancer one needs a certain drive coupled with formal training.‘When a beginner who hasn’t received any formal training learns to dance, there is a greater possibility of creating new techniques,’ he says.Chbeeb’s dance crew I.aM.mE was also crowned as the champion of the show America’s Best Dance Crew (ABCD) season 6.The dancer who also made an appearance in the film Step Up 4 is open to work in the Indian film industry and perform some Bollywood dance numbers. Interestingly, Chebeeb’s wacky dance videos are streamed by a lot of people both in India and abroad.last_img read more

Why getting proper education is important

first_imgNew York: Parents, take note. If your child is getting proper education then it can enhance their economic decision-making quality, a new study has found.The study found that those who took part in the education intervention had higher scores of economic rationality, suggesting that education is a tool for enhancing an individual’s economic decision-making quality.”While we know that schooling has been shown in previous work to have positive effects on a wide range of outcomes, such as income and health, our work provides evidence of potentially additional benefits coming from improvements in people’s decision-making abilities,” said lead author Hyuncheol Bryant Kim, assistant professor at Cornell University. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in the journal Science, the research team examined this hypothesis through a controlled trial of education support in Malawi which provided financial support for education in a sample of nearly 3,000 female ninth and 10th graders.”Using a randomised controlled trial of education support and laboratory experiments that mimic real-life examples, we established casual evidence that an education intervention increases not only educational outcomes but also economic rationality in terms of measuring how consistently people make decisions to seek their economic goals,” Kim said.Traditional economic analysis assumes that humans make rational choices. However, mounting evidence shows that people tend to make systematic errors in judgment and decision-making and that there is a high level of diversity in how rational individuals are.last_img read more

The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out so get your copy NOW

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.On our front page, we tell you all about the bomb scare at Ladysmith High School.On page 2 and 3, we have plenty of hard news stories.Also read how a kwaito superstar is relocating to the Ladysmith area. You can see her on TV on Sunday.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the newspaper is ONLY R5.30, which you’ll agree is quite reasonable indeed. So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!last_img read more